yoga

noun
yo·ga | \ ˈyō-gə \

Definition of yoga 

1 capitalized : a Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation

2 : a system of physical postures, breathing techniques, and sometimes meditation derived from Yoga but often practiced independently especially in Western cultures to promote physical and emotional well-being

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Other words from yoga

yogic \ˈyō-gik \ adjective often capitalized

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The programs are for all ages and encompass everything from football to yoga to cricket to music ensembles. Melissa Whatley, baltimoresun.com, "Tristin Forby given Rec Council's cherished Spirit award," 11 July 2018 Armadillo Boulders will offer a variety of amenities, including yoga and pilates classes, weight training and exercise equipment, and set aside two hours a day — 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. — exclusively for families for climb. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio joins other Texas cities with its own standalone bouldering gym," 11 July 2018 The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch during the week and closed weekends for private events, craft markets, yoga and dance classes. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "Century City is about to get some serious fried chicken," 10 July 2018 His morning began with an hour of yoga, joining about 50 NU football players for an optional 8 a.m. session. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "First words: Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson talks ACL prognosis, marriage and why he ‘can’t skip steps’," 2 July 2018 Stanley is a yoga teacher, fat positivity advocate, entrepreneur, and author of Every Body Yoga. Hannah Pasternak, SELF, "10 Instagrammers Who Will Make Your Life Better, According to Tess Holliday," 26 June 2018 Participants listened to instructors from various types of yoga including hatha, qigong and more. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Hundreds get their downward dog on at yoga day," 23 June 2018 And in terms of activities, Juan, liberals do yoga and martial arts, whereas conservatives, archery and woodworking. Fox News, "GOP delays House vote on 'compromise' immigration bill," 22 June 2018 Like nearby competitors, chief among them the YMCA of Greater Louisville, the center will offer a variety of classes — boot camps, Zumba, Pilates, group cycling, yoga and barbell classes — for no additional fee. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Downtown Louisville gets a gleaming new gym, thanks to Humana," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of yoga

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yoga

Sanskrit, literally, yoking, from yunakti he yokes; akin to Latin jungere to join — more at yoke

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yoga

noun

English Language Learners Definition of yoga

: a system of exercises for mental and physical health

Yoga : a Hindu philosophy that teaches a person to experience inner peace by controlling the body and mind

yoga

noun
yo·ga | \ ˈyō-gə \

Medical Definition of yoga 

1 capitalized : a Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation

2 : a system of physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation derived from Yoga but often practiced independently especially in Western cultures to promote bodily or mental control and well-being — see hatha yoga

Other words from yoga

yogic \-gik \ adjective

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